14 July 2015

Free For All Tuesday No. 232

10 comments:

  1. I'd love to know how you guys do your forward-planning. Especially if you use a DPP and Monthly planner. How do you deal with stuff that won't fit on the monthly? Where do you write things that don't have a fixed date for when you will need to do them? How do you not lose things in the pages of your planner? Thanks!

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    1. When I used DPP + Monthly last year, I kept a 4x6 lined sticky note at the end of the set of daily pages. I wrote everything that popped up that needed to be on a future set of dailies on there. Then as I swapped used pages for fresh, I added them to the new pages and put an arrow over it for

      For things that were listed in other places (like perhaps syllabi), I went through them monthly and added dates to the fresh pages as I inserted them. Or I actually wrote on the future pages in one go, as I had them in junk binder.

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    2. Here is another way of doing it using blank paper rather than a sticky note:
      http://www.plannerisms.com/2014/10/back-from-iceland-and-back-to-filofax.html

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    3. I have not finished or even hit the mid mark in designing my 2016 insert on the computer. I drew my 2015 format on lined paper. I am shading some events and recurring tasks on the month diary with colored pencils. I write the description of the recurring task once next to the color but then it is not necessary afterwards. If I forget what the color signifies then I can look back at the description. In this way I can see these tasks and frequency on the month page according to the colors. A woman on the internet discussed the disadvantages of writing on a calendar as opposed to using technology. For recurring events and tasks she stated the obvious inconvenience of having to write them again and again on paper. I will have to see if my shading with pencils is efficient in this regard. For 2016 dates I will resort to technology or note paper since I am still designing my layout. For those items that do not have a fixed date I write them in pencil on the lined page at the end of the month.

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  2. I've been considering downsizing from my personal Finsbury to a pocket-size organizer (mostly for portability reasons). I wanted to keep with the Finsbury line, but noticed it has a full double wide pocket behind the cover. I read an older post regarding which Filofaxes have and don't have this pocket and saw that it is common . As I am somewhat new to Filofax, can anyone tell me if this is a more recent feature found on the pocket-size organizers? Also, for anyone who uses an organizer with this double wide pocket, do you find that it makes it too bulky? Thank you for any feedback!

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    1. Robert - yes - when the Pocket size was first introduced in 1989 they didn't have the rear full-width pocket. They didn't have any form of closure either. Originally, they had a four hole mechanism and until this year all Pocket leaves were punched so as to be compatible with both the original 4-hole and current 6-hole. The full-width pocket does make the binders chunkier but it works well if you are using your organiser as a wallet. Personally, I struggle with paper size and prefer a slim binder (I currently use a Holborn Slimline which also doubles as a wallet).

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    2. I briefly used a Panama Pocket, which had the full-width pocket on the back. Even for such slim leather, I found it bulky, and I didn't use it at all. Items were either too urgent to tuck away into invisibility, or too large and made the wide pocket get lumpy.

      I sold the Panama and recently purchased a NOS Pocket Bloomsbury. I wanted the secretarial flap so I could tuck tall items in as-needed, but skip the back full-width pocket. It seems a good compromise, although I sometimes miss the 19mm rings of the Panama. (The Bloomsbury has 13mm - I think most Pockets have 15mm).

      I believe the Pocket Astons and Finchleys also skip the back pocket. If you don't need a closure and are looking for a slimline Pocket, the Boston and Guildford slim pockets could work.

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    3. I switch between A5 and pocket, and pocket definitely wins the portability price.
      I have a Malden pocket with a full width back pocket. It is a bit bulky, but mostly because of the zipper inside. My Luxe and my Charleston are much slimmer, as they have no back pocket, no zipper and only 15 mm rings.

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    4. Thank you so much for your insightful and very helpful replies!

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  3. I have a pocket Panama too that I barely used as well. I ended up switching to a personal after 15 years with pocket size. Just better for me.

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